Parking Infraction Leads to Arrest For Theft

November 29, 2023 – An investigator from the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office was contacted to investigate a complaint that a county resident on FM 275 was parking vehicles on his neighbor’s property.

Jose Alonso Palacios-Esparaza

The neighbor also reported that the vehicles were missing license plates and some parts had been removed from some vehicles. The investigator contacted the owner of the property, Jose Alonso Palacios-Esparaza, and the resident claimed ownership of the property but said a friend had placed several vehicles on his property and was unsure whether the vehicles were stolen or not.

The investigator continued his investigation by running VIN numbers and checking for other property that may be reported stolen. A John Deere tractor located on the property turned out to be reported stolen from the Dallas area and the land owner did claim ownership of the tractor so he was placed under arrest and transported to the Hopkins County Jail.

Numerous other stolen vehicles and equipment were recovered from the property as wreckers were called in to remove and impound the stolen property. Jose Alonso Palacios-Esparaza remains in the Hopkins County Jail awaiting bond to be set on the felony theft charge. Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office investigators continue to sort out the stolen vehicles.

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The Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office is located at 298 Rosemont Sulphur Springs, TX 75482. You can reach them for non-emergency matters at (903) 438-4040.

Author: Chad Young

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